Vox Ice 9

Vox Ice 9

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Ice 9, Other guitar saturation effect from Vox.

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  • Manufacturer: Vox
  • Model: Ice 9
  • Category: Other guitar saturation effects
  • Added in our database on: 03/24/2010

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Vox Ice 9 user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 5 reviews )
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fanfouet66's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A warm sound"

Vox Ice 9
Vox JS and sign where an analog "closed" overdrive (I think) very strong because she clearly supported the trip via the Post Office.


4 and a small bitonieau knobs on the top of the pedal 2 and the buttons on the bottom of the pedal. I had no manual, but the handling (manual) is very simple: you plug, you just tripottes all the buttons and the surprise is waiting for you: just by changing a knob, the sound changes! And I found my sound very quickly.


I use my LAG ROCKLINE 1984 is connected to my VOX AC4TVH or my Orange Cruch 15R. Round and warm sound is present in "vintage" mode and without the "more". With double overdrive (the more) and "modern" mode, the sound becomes more acute. In short, a real joy thanks to the extent proposed by the pedal sound palette.
The icing comes when I Inrush the Big Bad Wah entire range of sound (funk blues greasy) is expressed.


I use it for less than a week and I have already started selling my pedals and TUBEBLOWER JACQUES overtube, which gave me sound too "acute" for my taste. With iCE9 I immediately got THE sound I was looking in vain with other overdrive tested.

fcalas's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I bought 2 times ..."

Vox Ice 9
The most excellent Joe Satriani, and the most excellent Vox brainstormed to lay an overdrive super quality for those who do not know what overdrive choose because of their requirements.
Pedal "double" that eats up space on the pedalboard with super full settings: Gain, Tone, Bass Level, switch modern / vintage, 2 stomps, one to engage or disengage the effect, and the other: MORE that bears his name. 2 jacks, a 9v power supply input, and go. And the icing on the cake is that it is super nice (note this is subjective) solid case, pearl white with dark blue buttons and blue LEDs.


By dint of fiddling with buttons, turn knobs and trample stomps, we ended up finding much on its own. The settings are endless, very simple and very effective. Satriani Wanted buttons called "chicken head" for a very fast access and visibility, as well as other signatures on these pedals, the Satchurator, Time Machine, and the Big Bad Wah. and most importantly, stomps are electronic, so no need to get attached to it to turn off. We quickly get used to this kind of little comfort.


The sound! Oh, talking about! finally, a pedal box is a sound ... Well, it is simply excellent because versatile wish. A little dull at first, but by pushing the treble tone, one earns a lot clearer. In addition, the knob "bass", usually rare on an overdrive brings roundness that is part of a small addition to the pedal. More, it does not lack is why we chose the Ice 9. The mini switch vintage / modern talking alone, is desired OD (yes, I will write OD now instead of overdrive, it is shorter and you will understand me ... I am sure) typed Stevie Ray vaugnan or an intermediary between distortion and OD very current, the small switch will fill. In vintage, the sound is lower, and "dirty" in modern, stronger, more punchy. The race of the gain is impeccable, very regular and very fine, and the volume is well balanced unlike its cousin Satchurator who constantly need to be pushed. And finally, the MORE button! I love this button, it is aptly named because it also adds gain and boosts (some) sound. Ideal for a rhythmic solo. It's almost as if you were 2/3 of the gain, and you push in at once. The effect is successful.


I bought 2 years ago, then sold because of the position it took on my pedalboard. And then I turned to OD at MXR, notament the GT-OD and OD Modified. I turned the Modified, let the GT-OD has a good grain Tubescreamer, and I added the Ice 9 I just re buying. I think Vox will lift the foot on the pedal Satriani signature, the Satchurator illustrement is known, and highly controversial, the Time Machine is probably one of the best delays of mache, and ice 9 deserves your attention.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good versatile overdrive"

Vox Ice 9
This is an overdrive pedal, not editable, nor rack so. I think it's analog but without certainty. The connection is simple: 1 In, 1 Out, and an outlet (type with center negative Boss, classical).
This is an overdrive, dual in the sense that a toggle switch to choose between sounds "vintage", who will thus towards the sound of an amp that begins to twist, and sounds "modern" by adding of germanium diode. To my ears, the "modern" sounds a little more fuzz than the vintage, but do not expect to play the metal by simply plugging this pedal on a clean channel amp!


The configuration is fairly simple: adjust the GAIN desired, adjust the TONE (setting post-drive from the manual), add if necessary LOW (pre-adjustment drive according to the manual) and adjust the VOLUME. Finally, the switch vintage / modern allows the need for a sound (a bit) defined by choosing modern.
Finally, MORE allows the footswitch at any time to add 14 dB to the signal (according to the manual, I did not measure ;)), more than enough to go over her boyfriends music, for example when solos. on the other hand, beware, this is by no adjustable boost!
The manual is very clear, and even has 6 settings "Sound Settings from Joe" in the final pages, to familiarize themselves with the machine (I think some of these strong pleasant settings for that matter).


This drive is great. I spent a good half hour to choose the store, comparing it with other (no further details on the other, my memory missing on that shot!), And this is the one it had largely won enough votes.
The knob is set to TONE "so as not to go to extremes unpleasant classic overdrive pedals" according to the manual, and I find that yes, it can be used throughout the other its course.
The BASS knob allows bass guitars gaps (random, Strat or Tele) to beef up a bit.
I use it with my G & L Tribute Legacy, on my Vox AD30VT or my Peavey Delta Blues 115 depending on whether I'm at home or requisitioned / concert.


I use this pedal since its purchase in January 2011, after testing it against two other OD, who did not make weight.
What I love about this pedal is its versatility: it can range from very light to drive a wicked dynamic drive at the limit of the distortion, and sometimes cross the line with MORE, with a "voice" or more modern vintage as needed, and still controlling the tone of the craft!
What I like least, uh ... there are indeed two little things, the boost is not adjustable and not being able to have presets ... But for an OD pedal, I think it's very very good! So a Q / P excellent, and a choice I would do certainly, except to type in the "real" pedal, at least 1.5 times more expensive a priori.

braguette06's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good overdrive to a nice price"

Vox Ice 9
This is a pedal made by Vox in collaboration with Joe Satriani. In terms of features, take a look at the Vox site =)
The design is nice and the pedal looks robust.


The configuration is very simple: 4 knobs: gain, tone, bass, volume and a mini switch Vintage / Modern. With you to tweak a bit to find the sound that suits you!
The manual was when he summarizes the characteristics of the pedal and Joe Satriani blablate a bit after all, nothing very exciting.


Let's get the subject!

I was looking for a versatile overdrive that I can use to play the blues, but also for exploring other styles like rock see rock a little "guts"! I tested it with two other pedals, the MXR GT-OD is very nice, his hot desire but lacked versatility and Jekyll and Hide, who had to grit my taste too cold (distortion anyway) and which was more expensive.

So I tried the Ice-9, a little skeptical because not a fan of effects signatures, or Joe Satriani (do not make me say I do not like it either!).

So I tested a Champion 600 and a Gibson SG faded (config that I use to play alone) and turning on the pedal, I found what I was looking for a versatile overdrive hot and not too typical. I use it to play mainly blues, but the solos rock go over very well, and my preference is for vintage fashion. The boost is when it is useful to add gain and power and that's what made me choose this pedal.
Using it only for a few hours, I can not say it, but I'd do an edict had I tested on my Stratocaster and my VK hoping that she brings more heat!


I use less than 24 hours ... For other models tested, see above ^ ^.

The feature I like most is the switch vintage / modern or may be the boost.

The one I like least no.

Value for money: 135 € is very correct saw the beast!

For now I would do this choice!


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[Musikmesse] VOX Ice 9

Published on 03/25/10
VOX Amplification introduced the Ice 9 Overdrive, the fourth effect pedal created in their collaboration with Joe Satriani.

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